Viking Drive Veterinary Hospital Offers Microchipping
Whether you are a new pet owner or have had your pets for a while, one of the best things you can do for their health and well-being is to have them microchipped. To learn more about microchipping or to schedule an appointment for microchipping, contact our veterinarian in Bossier City at the Viking Drive Animal Hospital.
What Is Microchipping?
Unlike collars and tags that can come off of your pet, microchipping is a permanent form of identification. A microchip is a tiny chip that is inserted into your pet’s body that contains a unique ID number that leads your pet back to you.
Benefits of Getting Your Pet Microchipped
The biggest benefit of microchipping your pet is the increased chances of having your pet returned to you in the event you become separated. It also helps safeguard your pet from being stolen and sold and can provide peace of mind. Microchipping is relatively affordable, but the cost is a small price to pay for your pets’ safety.
Statistics on Microchipping
Each year approximately 7.6 million pets end up in animal shelters each year. A good majority of these are euthanized before they find their way back home. Only 22 percent of animals without microchips made it back home to their owners, but approximately 52 percent of dogs who had been microchipped were returned and thirty-eight percent of cats.
Only around 58 percent of microchipped animals had been registered in the chip database or had correct owner information.
How a Veterinarian Performs Microchipping
Microchipping is a relatively painless procedure. The small chip is inserted between the shoulder blades with a needle that resembles ones used during vaccinations. Most pets won’t experience any type of side effects, while a small number may develop a sore that goes away within a few days. Others may have alight tenderness at the insertion site. In rare cases, the chip may fall out soon after being injected, so it’s a good idea to ask your vet to double check that it’s still in place on your next visit. It's also important to update the database information if you move or change your number after having the chip installed. Most chips can be installed the same day you decide you want to have the procedure done.
Contact Our Viking Drive Veterinary Hospital in Bossier City, Louisiana Today!
If you live in Bossier City and have questions about microchipping your pet, contact your veterinary doctor at the Viking Drive Veterinarian Hospital at (318) 747-9150 to schedule an appointment.